Thursday 9 August 2012 18:27
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Nigeria's president as the continent's largest oil producer faces an Islamist insurgency raising deep concern among Western powers.
Her visit to Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation and a major supplier of US oil imports, comes with President Goodluck Jonathan under growing pressure to stop the violence in the northern and central regions of the country.
Islamist militant group Boko Haram has killed more than 1 400 people since 2010 according to Human Rights Watch. Clinton was to offer help to Nigeria in boosting the country's investigative and intelligence capabilities.
"Clinton will be renewing our offers of assistance and help to the Nigerians," a senior State Department official said ahead of her meeting with Jonathan on the latest stage of an Africa tour.
"This is a problem for Nigeria, but also, northern Nigeria borders Cameroon, it borders Niger," he said, expressing concern that a radical network could undermine the security of neighbouring states.
The US offer of assistance is to include helping to develop Nigeria's forensics and investigative procedures, according to the official.
"We can help them develop mechanisms for tracking and determining individuals who are likely to be engaged in supporting Boko Haram actively," the official said.
Washington would also be willing to help Nigeria develop an intelligence coordination centre that would assist the country in integrating information, the official said.
Some US lawmakers have been pushing President Barack Obama's administration to label Boko Haram a terrorist group, but diplomats have resisted the designation, stressing it remains domestically focused.
In June, the United States labeled suspected Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and two other Nigerian militants "global terrorists," allowing any US assets they may have to be blocked.
Boko Haram's targets have continually widened, with the group having moved from assassinations to increasingly sophisticated bombings, including suicide attacks.
Members are believed to have sought training in northern Mali from Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Al-Qaeda's north African branch, and Western nations have been monitoring closely for signs of further links.
Boko Haram has attacked UN headquarters in the capital Abuja and one of the country's most prominent newspapers, in addition to frequent bombings and shootings in the country's northeast, where the sect is based.
Clinton will spend several hours in the Nigerian capital Abuja before travelling to Ghana for the funeral of President John Atta Mills, who died on July 24.
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Ashe, Baba Jay has pull with madam Clinton. Nigeria was not offcially on her African tour so this was an unscheduled stop in Nigeria...
Clinton in Nigeria...
Say what you will folks, but the mere fact that Nigeria was not included in the itinerary made public by Secretary Clinton's office is telling. Responsible, serious minded people all around the world want little to do with this clueless administration that continues to arrogate the Nigerian prestige to itself. Clinton's presence in Nigeria is more in spite of the government than a friendly visit. She came to Nigeria, not because there's anything admirable about the incumbent government but because of American interest in Nigeria.
Dude has absolutely no pull anywhere! What would he do if Obama himself visited? Is that not his mate? Did Obama not just go to Brasil/Venezuela?
Nigeria was on the trip, I knew it when they announced her trip and left the blanks for security/diplomatic reasons. I wanted to do an article, just had no time.
Its the corruption/security stoopid!
I am sure Mrs Clinton must have told the Bobo to get his acts together and keep moving before BH catches him napping.
And now, see who is sabre-rattling for GEJ...an ex-con! Here goes:
'Stampeding Jonathan Out Of Office Could Destroy Nigeria' - Alamieyeseigha
11 August, 2012
If Nigeria was originally on the trip.. your point is...?
As much as it PAINS ME to say this Alams has just said the truth, and YOU know that. Nigerian opposition most times, are not serious now look at what I am reading today:
if the opposition want GEJ out, they know what to do democratically and legally. But look at what they are spending their time doing. How can the majority party mandate who represents the minority party in the Senate... ?
Look Alams don tok true, leave the man alone, till 2015 OR impeach him... there are ACN / CPC / ANPP members in the Senate, they can certainly try to impeach him...
Anyways I don tire sef... say what you like jare!
Point is he has no pull with Clinton or Obama, You wrote.
She did not come because of his 'pull' but because she already was gonna come, and she must have passed on the message she came to deliver. The non-listing of naija was only tactical.
It was, it was just not announced to forestall drama or an ambitious BH since ya Baba does not know what to do about security.